My question is: Are players allowed to delete their accounts and make new ones? And if so, doesn't this kind of contradict the point of the name-changing rule since a name change is a less drastic alternative?I understand that it causes confusion, but I highly doubt that's the real intent of the person. People often wind up harassed or in some sort of situation that a change of identity through internet handle seems like a viable option. It would seem to me that a user's privacy should outweigh the potential confusion a name-change could cause. Making it more difficult for a user to change an identity is only more likely to cause 'witch hunts'.
I realized you can only have one account, but I meant when people have 1 account, delete it, and then a week or two later decide to re-open a new account under a new identity. I can't seem to find the thread at the moment, but I believe it was under suggestions. It may have disappeared.
As for witch hunting, I was referring to the common occurrence where people unfortunately choose to step into a situation (usually with good intention) and head in the complete wrong direction. If a person checks Trading Scams, sees that the alt "Zim" was involved in a scam for instance, they would see "Oh this user owned Zim at one point, lets see what other alts they're on". Generally, if you delete an account and make a new one, they only wind up going after alts the deleted account has mentioned owning in the past since that's what shows up when they search for that user's threads. However, if you're bound to one identity, not only would people wind up bothering all those past alts, but they would try contacting every new alt that person has posted about since. Which is why I think it potentially increases harassment to users.
I do definitely see how legitimate scammers would use it to their advantage, since they are trying to escape paying their dues. But a lot of the time mob mentality kicks in with some users and they go on a 'witch hunt' for something that could potentially just have been a simple mishap between two parties. It can potentially ruin a person's credibility. If I bought the alt 'Zim' recently, and an account with a long list of past alt ownership does get into some trouble after previously owning Zim, the person who buys that alt gets roped into it. Later on, even if the situation is resolved, the person who now owns 'Zim' might get negatively looked upon because a user remembered hearing about a scam topic involving them.
Creating a longer history attached to IDs only seems more likely to cause problems. Which is why I'm wondering if creating a new ID by deleting your previous one is still allowed (assuming it isn't something ridiculous like several times a month).